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Eulenspygel — 2
(Garden of Delights CD 037, 1971/1999, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2000-10-01

2 Cover art

Inside one of the most tasteless album covers I've ever seen is Krautrock of the gnarly, freaky variety. Eulenspygel delivers the stereotypical elements one would expect: a sometimes "heavy" sound, as on the driving blues-rock opener with its cool anthemic chorus; a couple of period jams where the rhythm section sets up a lengthy, basic groove for aimless psychedelic riffery; even a nicely done psych / folk gem. The lineup includes two guitars, bass, drums, organ, flute, (uncredited) violin, and the vocals of Mulo Maulbetsch: deep, almost mockingly operatic, and occasionally demented. Surely a put-off for some, but I love it. The music is generally rock-based, though they do throw in a number of curveballs along the way, such as the jazzy, 5/4 "Staub auf Deinem Haar," some traditional jazz and blues breaks, brief medieval themes — even a snippet of church music — all played convincingly. Symph and neo fans should probably keep away, but fans of the aforementioned Krautrock style should enjoy this.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 20, 1999 releases, 1971 recordings

Related artist(s): Eulenspygel


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